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Many of the children of Haryana’s famous three ‘Lals’ are now in the BJP, adding to the family with the entry of Kiran Chaudhary.

Nita Yadav

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Ranjit Singh Chautala, Kiran Chaudhary, Shruti Chaudhary and Kuldeep Bishnoi.

Buoyed by its resounding victory in the Lok Sabha elections in Haryana, the Congress suffered a major setback on Wednesday. Two of its senior leaders joined the BJP. Kiran Choudhary, a four-time MLA from Tosham assembly constituency, and his daughter Shruti joined the BJP on Wednesday in the presence of Union Minister and former Chief Minister ML Khattar and his successor Naib Singh Saini. Both of them left the Congress 24 hours ago. Earlier, in a letter to party chief Mallikarjun Kharge, Kiran Chaudhary took a dig at former Chief Minister Bhupendra Hooda and said that Haryana was being run as a private property. This is not the first time that children of Haryana’s famous Lalan family have broken ties with the Congress and joined the BJP.

Ever since the formation of the state of Haryana in 1966, the politics of the state has revolved around three famous ‘Lals’ – Bhajan Lal, Devi Lal and Bansi Lal. The Lal family has been ruling Haryana, although their children have joined the BJP in the past few years.

About three months ago, Ranjit Singh Chautala, son of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal, joined the BJP. He is also the brother of INLD chief and former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala. Ranjit Singh Chautala (78) resigned as an independent MLA from Rania Assembly constituency in Sirsa district in March and joined the BJP. In the recently held Lok Sabha elections, BJP fielded him from Hisar seat. However, he lost the election to the Congress.

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Kuldeep Vishnoi-Renuka joined BJP

About two years ago, former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal’s younger son Kuldeep Bishnoi and his wife Renuka left the Congress and joined the BJP. Kuldeep’s son Bhavya also joined BJP from Congress and is currently MLA from Adampur assembly constituency in Hisar district. Four-time MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi was expelled by the Congress for cross-voting in the Rajya Sabha elections.

Like Kiran Chaudhary, Kuldeep Bishnoi also belongs to one of the most influential families in the state. He is the son of former chief minister Bhajan Lal, who is credited with creating the non-Jat bank that is now largely with the BJP.

Kuldeep Bishnoi also dominates Haryana politics, as his family controls the Adampur assembly seat, which was won by his son Bhavi in ​​the 2022 by-election – for the first time by the BJP. Kiran Chaudhary’s entry completes the treble for the BJP. The party now has senior members from each of the three largest political families in Haryana.

Alleged neglect of Bansilal’s family

Hours before Kiran Chaudhary and Shruti Chaudhary joined the BJP, Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini told reporters that former Chief Minister Bansi Lal had worked to take Haryana on the path of development. Slamming the Congress, he said it was unfortunate that the Congress sidelined such a family (Bansilal). In the Congress Party, as at the national level, in Haryana too one family matters and one family runs.

Sources have said that Kiran Chaudhary and Ms. Chaudhary have decided to join the party as they have not been given tickets to contest from the Bhiwani-Mahendragarh Lok Sabha seat in this election. The seat was won by Shruti Chaudhary in 2009, but since then the seat is held by BJP’s Dharambir Singh Chaudhary. Kiran Chaudhary won the 2024 election by defeating Congress’s Dan Yadav, who secured nearly double the votes and vote share claimed by MS Chaudhary in the 2014 and 2019 elections.

Importance of Kiran, Shruti Chaudhary for BJP

The inclusion of Kiran Chaudhary and his daughter in the list of leaders who left the Congress and joined the BJP is politically significant. Kiran Chaudhary is the daughter-in-law of Bansi Lal. Bansilal is a seven-time MLA, three-time MP and three-time Chief Minister of Haryana and heads one of the state’s most influential political families.

Kiran Chaudhary has been winning the Tosham seat for the Congress since 2005, a stronghold of her father-in-law. He won five times in three decades. The special thing is that this seat has never gone to BJP’s account. The BJP hopes that Kiran Chaudhary and his family’s connections will bring not only the Tosham seat but also a large chunk of the Jat vote, which the party has been trying to woo for years but is now losing ground due to ongoing farmers’ protests. As a result against the center it slips from his hand.

The BJP has been facing criticism from Jat voters, who are mostly farmers, at the center and state level, on various issues, including their demand for legal support for the MSP, or minimum support price. In such a situation Kiran Chaudhary’s joining with BJP is politically very important.

Nita Yadav

Nita Yadav

I am Nita Yadav, specializing in writing about politics and breaking national news. My focus is on delivering insightful and timely perspectives on these crucial topics, aiming to inform and engage my readers effectively.

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